Upcoming Dates

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Cafe St. Jorge
Bernal Flats Open Mic Featured Performer - 6pm - 7:30pm
3438 Mission St.
United States
4155164172 [map]
Price: FREE

Hosted by the effervescent Bum Wagler. I guess this event kicks off my When I'm Sixty-Four tour!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Private House Concert
House Concert - 6pm
Tehachapi, CA [map]

Details TBA (stay tuned!)

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Private House Concert
Nina Jo Smith & Martha Reich Braden - TBA
Pecos, NM [map]
Price: TBA

Looks like my When I'm Sixty Four tour is a real thing! This will be very special. I get to team up with wonderful songwriter, Martha Reich Braden, a fellow GoGirl. Powerful. 

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Lost Church
EG Phest - 8pm (doors at 7:30)
65 Capp St.
United States [map]
Price: $10/$15

in which friends of EG Phillips joyfully cover his songs in a rousing salute to the day of his birth.

Tickets here

Past Dates

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Pinhole Coffee
2017 Cortland Avenue Summer Solstice Stroll - 6pm
231 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States [map]
Price: Your generous donations to our tip jar!

Mr. Marty and me, busking outside Pinhole coffee, adding to the general merriment of our neighborhood's Summer Solstice celebration.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Berkeley Art House
Uke Women - 6pm
Berkeley, CA [map]

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Liz Ryder, Patrick Grizzell, Nina Jo Smith - 7pm
10271 Fairway Dr. Suite 120
Roseville, CA [map]

Wow, I get to play with two of my favorite songwriters, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Bay Area.

Monday, June 5th, 2017

50th Anniversary Summer Of Love Open Mic Feature - 8pm
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-546-6300 [map]
Price: FREE

I'm a lucky girl. I'll be accompanied by Mark Dann on bass. Open Mic starts at 8, feature 10pm. Come early. It's a hoot. 

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Camp Ocean Pines
SummerSongs West Songwriting Camp - June 1 - June 5
Cambria, CA [map]
Price: $689.00

This great songwriting camp on California's Central Coast is always inspiring and fun. Cost of camp covers all the instruction, private coaching sessions with world class songwriters, vocal coaches and instrumentalists, and not only that, it covers food and lodging. A bargain at twice the price, as they say. I coordinate work scholarships and generally help out with the camp. Sign up now!

Sunset at Camp Ocean Pines

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Private After Hours Show @ Pinhole Coffee
Women Of Song In The Round - 6:30pm
231 Cortland Ave.
United States [map]
Price: FREE - Donations to the artists happily accepted

It's another after work hang at Pinhole. Me, Amy Obenski and Karlyn Destino in the round, most likely. Watch This Space.

Nina Jo Folk Music To Go Collage

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

SF Porchfest
SF Porchfest (3rd Annual) - Noon
73 Liberty St
United States [map]
Price: FREE

This is a super fun day of ambling around the Mission District of San Francisco, with performers seemingly on every corner/garage/parking lot/backyard. I played it last year and had a blast. Can't wait to do it again. I'll let you know exactly when and where I'll be performing as soon as they tell me.

Nina Jo performing at SF Porchfest

Friday, May 12th, 2017

El Rio NightClub
SF GoGirls LGBT Night - 9pm
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 282-3325 [map]
Price: $5

Featuring Little Spiral, Briget Boyle, Marissa Kaye and Special Guest, me!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

El Dorado Park
Benefit for Breast Cancer Angels - 3-5pm
2800 N Studebaker Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90815 [map]
Price: Donations to Breast Cancer Angels

It's Lynda's 15th cancer-versary and we're celebrating with a benefit concert by the duckpond and bandshell. Please join us. PS, Ducks!

This is part of 15 for 15 - celebrating 15 years since Lynda DeWitt was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, 15 years of treatment, help from Breast Cancer Angels and newfound health. She is giving back by asking folks to donate $15 to BCA for their work providing direct support to women in treatment and their families. It's easy. Visit this link and make your donation and tell 15 friends! OR text ANGELS to 27722 to donate via text.

Thank you!!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

jean mann, Annie Bacon & Nina Jo Smith
65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
4155164172 [map]

Jean Mann, Annie Bacon & Nina Jo SmithPlease join us!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Private Workshop
Presenting: Tom Kimmel Songwriting Workshop - 11am - 2pm
Contact Nina Jo Smith for address
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States [map]
Price: 35.00

Tom Kimmel is an award winning songwriter for film (Twins, Runaway Bride, Serendipity), television (Touched By An Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Miami Vice), and for many artists including Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and The Spinners. A soulful entertainer, speaker, poet and teacher, Tom tours widely and has released seven albums and a book of

Tom is also a sought after teacher of songwriting and creative living who has led workshops around the US and in Europe. Please see

Tom's website for more:

When: 1/21/2017 11am–2pm

Cost: $35 payable directly to Tom Kimmel.
Where: use website contact form for details.


Note: We meet before the SF Women’s March. (Rally at 3:00; March at 5:00.) Please join us to focus the best of our creativity and fellowship for the coming year.


Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Fayden Holboe - 11am-1pm
Highway 84 and Stage Road,0.8 miles from Hwy.1
San Gregorio, CA 94074
650.726-0565 [map]
Price: Donations

I'll be supporting Fayden with a short ukulele set around the midway mark. Allow time for making your way around a cycling event on Hwy 1. 

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Hillwide Garage Sale - 10am - 1pm
231 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110 [map]
Price: Donations to the artist(s)

What? Yes, I'll be out busking in front of Pinhole Coffee, my favorite Bernal business.

Ukepot drawing by Robin Galante

Folk Music To Go flier

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Magic City Reggae Festival - 7pm - 11:30 pm
1930 8th Ave. North
Birmingham, AL 35203 [map]
Price: $35 - $200

With Stephen Foster, Sherman & The Sterling Brothers

Magic City Reggae Festival, Birmingham, AL Saturday August 6th 2016. Featuring • Jack Ridics with Love & Laughter • Mishka with Dub Basse • Angella Stewart • Sherman & The Sterling Brothers • Stephen Foster • Aluta Continua • BHY2R • Nina Jo Smith and more! Doors open at 7PM, Show at 8PM. (Scheduled artists may change or be added)

Friday August 5th soiree at Short 20th Street N is FREE, with a concert featuring • Sherman & The Sterling Brothers • Stephen Foster • Angela Stewart • Monica King Slater • Conflux. Starts 6-11 PM. There will be Jamaican food vendors at the soiree with beverages and lunches/snacks.

There are three Saturday tickets available:

• $35 general admission ($45 at the door);

• Ambassador, which includes VIP seating, brunch basket including Jamaican chicken, fried plantains and fritters, and performer-meet-and-greet passes to go backstage;

• Ambassador W/hotel room for Saturday night. For more hotel reservations and info contact Sherman at:

• The $5 raffle is for a 4-day vacation in beautiful Jamaica, including hotel accomadations and other amenities.

SLSExprrres provides scholarships to low income students to help them with their tuition fees. Some of the proceeds of this event will be used to help in this scholarship program. Donations will also be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

SHHHongwriters Open Mic - 6:30-11:50pm
124 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
415-649-6191 [map]
Price: Free to performers, $5 to general public

This is a quality event at a really nice venue with great sound. Come early and get a nice dinner upstairs. I go on between 10 and 11pm.

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Yoga Society of San Francisco
Nina Jo @ SF Porchfest - noon
2872 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: FREE!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Songwriter Night - 7pm
5985 Traffic Way
Atascadero, California
(805) 461-0579 [map]
Price: Free (Donations for performers)

Nina Jo guitar music posterKeeping folk music happily caffeinated on California's gorgeous Central Coast. As ever, our charming host, Rob Kimball, kicks off the evening.

Rob Kimball at Socrates Coffee House holding Coffee cup



Friday, May 6th, 2016

Pinhole Coffee After Hours Concert: Aireene Espiritu, Michael McNevin, Nina Jo Smith - 7 - 9 pm
231 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110 [map]
Price: $10 suggested donation

Pinhole Coffee, Aireene Espiritu, Michael McNevin, Nina Jo Smith photo collagePinhole Coffee hosts an after hours concert with Aireene Espiritu, Michael McNevin and Bernal Heights local, Nina Jo Smith. The coffee bar will be open for this event.

Suggested donation $10. Tickets available in advance from the following link or cash only at the door: Advance Tickets

This evening we will have a songwriter in-the-round with these fine artists. Check out their info below:

Aireene is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, CA, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Her first influences in music were at family gatherings with her two uncles playing Filipino folk music on their guitars and everyone singing along to songs about life in the province, hopes for our country, love lost and serenades. As she began to write her own songs, a book called "The Land Where The Blues Began" by folklorist and ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax, fell off the shelf right in front of her at a bookstore as if it was just waiting for her to arrive. Therein began her exploration of the roots of the blues, field recordings from the South and other countries, the voices of history, and rhythms from different regions of the world. Aireene's music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living,
times of laughter and tears. She tours solo as well as with her band, Aireene & The Itch.

Songwriter Michael McNevin grew up in the train town of Niles, CA in the east bay hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. Vivid songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for Americana. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels. He tours as both a solo act, and as front man for McNevin & The Spokes. Michael has shared hall stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Utah Phillips, Christine Lavin, Richie Havens, and hundreds of others on the US songwriter circuit. Winner of Kerrville, Spokane, Napa Valley New-folk Awards. 6-time Winner West Coast Songwriters Song Of The Year. Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY Of The Year. Winner of NARAS/WCS SF Chapter Unplugged Unsigned Competition. 3rd Place Troubadour Rocky Mountain Folks & Telluride. Music & Etch A Sketch Art Features on CBS, NBC, ABC. Michael also an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding) - he illustrates his lyrics, dumfounding audiences with the little red toy. His drawings hang proudly in galleries and venues, waiting for an earthquake. 

Nina Jo Smith -
Hello, here's Nina Jo from San Francisco. (Nina rhymes with China) she plays guitar and ukulele, writes songs and shares them in person, on CDs, radio and online. 
Nina Jo stole her mom's guitar at about nine years of age and taught herself to play from records, the Joan Baez songbook, and the classic folk song book by John and and Alan Lomax. she kept this up for a good long while and started writing songs in high school. PS, don't worry, she returned Mom's guitar. She took a good long break while life intervened, but has been back at it for over ten years.
Global Music Awards: Silver Medals to LA Man for Outstanding Achievement in folk and lyrics/songwriting categories! (March 2016)
"I like a song that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. My lyrics are mostly nonfiction because reality is so much stranger and more beautiful." -- Nina Jo

More info about Pinhole Coffee:

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Songwriter Serenade - 7 - 9:30pm
145 Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA
(626) 462-0250 [map]
Price: Free (Donations for performers)

Songwriter Serenade gig announcement 

Fun! Friends! Music! Ale and Eats!

The Songwriter Serenade hosted by JC Hyke is a weekly show held every Tuesday night at Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar.  Over 300 artists have now played the show!  It starts at 7PM and goes to 9:30.  Performers play their original songs for the audience on a lovely patio with a warm, inviting atmosphere.  There are all styles and genres of music, with 4 or 5 different songwriters each week.  The music is on a patio which is covered and has plenty of heaters for a warm, cozy evening during  the winter.   During the summer, we pull back the canvas roof and play under the stars.

With David Starr, Marty Axelrod, Blue City Breakdowns, Kathryn Dean


Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Clocktower Music Series - 8pm
676 Laurel St.
San Carlos, CA 94070
USA [map]

Clocktower Music Series Flier

Songwriters in the round with Jamie Purnell and Hassan El-Tayyab.

Tickets $10 in advance or at the door available at Brown Paper Tickets.


Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Socrates Coffee House
Penny Nichols (and Nina Jo) - 7pm
5985 Traffic Way Atascadero, CA 93422
Atascadero, CA
(805) 470-9968 [map]

Nina Jo Smith & Penny Nichols at a cafe

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

KC Turner Presents Bazaar Stock #8 - 10am - 10pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations to Music In Schools Today

Here we go again. Twelve hours of unmitigated music. I go on at high noon with Jim Bruno and Hobo (buncha hippies).

All proceeds proudly go to Music In Schools Today.

Eat, drink, be merry, donate lotsa $$$ so kids can have a good music education. Guitars, not guns. Self-expression, not harmful aggression.

Poster for BazaarStock 8


Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Private House Concert
Private House Concert - 1pm
Please contact me for details
Fresno, CA [map]
Price: Donations

I'll be playing a private house concert in Fresno on Saturday afternoon. Half of all money received will go to the family of Charlie DeGrange.

Nina Jo Playing Guitar at House Concert


Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

KC Turner Presents SHHHongwriters open mic - 7pm - midnight
124 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
415-649-6191 [map]
Price: No Cover for performers - $5 for general public (All Ages)

Hosted by KC Turner (KC Turner Presents).Flier for SHHHongwriter Open Mic Night 11/4/15

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Cortland Avenue @ Bocana
Busking at Fiesta On The Hill - TBA
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Oakland Marriott
im & Maurice’s Totally Legit Showcase - 1 am (technically the 18th but who's counting?)
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607 [map]
Price: Free to conference attendees

Join us in Room 530. In The Round. Last showcase of the conference. We'll all be delirious. 

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Oakland Marriot
Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse - 3:40pm
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Free

Susanne Millsaps Coffeehouse flier

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Oakland Marriot
SummerSongs PGS - 1 am (technically the 16th but who's counting?)
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607 [map]
Price: Free to conference attendees

FARWest SummerSongs Private Guerilla Showcase posterJoin us in Room 526. In The Round!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

FARWest Pre-Conference Concert - 7:30pm
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510)548-1761 [map]
Price: $5 in advance/$7 at the door

Showcasing talent from regional Folk Alliance conference. This will be a great opportunity to see a whole lot of talented players from the western United States and maybe beyond.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

KC Turner Presents SHHHongwriters open mic - 7pm - midnight
124 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-649-6191 [map]
Price: - No Cover for performers - $5 for general public (All Ages)

Again. Always a treat.

Hosted by KC Turner (KC Turner Presents). 

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The Reef
Santa Cruz Musician's Only Weekly Showcase presents... Women Who Rock! - 6:00 PM
120 Union St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-9876 [map]
Price: FREE

My first time playing in Santa Cruz!

Also with:

Karen Waterman
Dressed in Roses

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

VisiBiLity - 6 - 9pm
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 282-3325 [map]

FUNdraiser for Bay Area Bisexual Network hosted by Elisa Welch

For more details:

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Oakland Marriot
SummerSongs PGS - 11pm
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Free to conference attendees

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Doc's Lab
SHHHongwriters Open Mic - 6:30 PM
124 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 649-6191 [map]
Price: No Cover for performers - $5 for general public (All Ages).

SHHHongwriters Open Mic poster

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Pasadena, CA 91103 [map]

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

KC Turner Presents (Private Event) - 8pm
3277 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA [map]

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

SF GoGirls Nina Jo Smith, MJ Lee & Mindy Dillard - 7pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
USA [map]
Price: Your generous donations to the artists

Rosie The Riveter Woo hoo! It's the first SF GoGirls Music show of the new era! (revived SF Chapter of GoGirls Music.) AND we're doing it on the eve of International Women's Day no less!

Featuring MJ Lee, Mindy Dillard and me in the round.

Everyone is welcome. FREE (plus your generous donations to the cause of us eating, drinking and making merry music.)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The Monkey House Theater
Proxy Moon, Liz Ryder & Nina Jo Smith - 7pm
1638 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
United States [map]
Price: Sliding scale $10 - $20

Event flier, venue photo collagePROXY MOON's music is rooted in American folk, R&B, jazz, and blues with a bit of esoteric burlesque. Comprised of a core group of multi-instrumentalist musicians with diverse backgrounds, the band is at home in any genre. In short, they swing.


Liz Ryder

San Francisco based singer-songwriter Liz Ryder is a British native whose performance and songwriting is an equal blend of traditional folk and contemporary newgrass. She is an accomplished songwriter, finger-style guitarist, harpist, and folk singer committed to keeping the folk tradition alive with a fresh modern approach.

 Liz made her first folk album at age 18, and shortly after was given notoriety at festivals and on radio in the UK. Froots Magazine dubbed her, "The next in the Kate Rusby/Bill Jones Continuum," and Cambria Arts Wales said, "Liz Ryder deserves a prominent place in the new wave of British folk performers." Since then she has released three more albums, three EPs, and has toured extensively in the UK and California.

In recent years Liz has proven herself to be a serious and vibrant presence on the folk scene, and has performed at the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, the San Francisco Folk Festival, and on other main festival stages such as Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Towersey, Warwick and many more in the UK. She has opened for Richard Thompson, Jez Lowe, and Eric Taylor at notable venues and folk clubs like the 24th St Theater Sacramento, Bazaar Cafe and Red Devil in SF, the Bedford Globe in London, and the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham (UK) to name a few.

And me!!!

Reserve seats here:

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Private Event
10th Annual Lee Mallory Day Song Circle - 2pm - 5pm
RSVP for address
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA [map]
Price: FREE

Cover art for Lee's Hit Single, That's The Way It's Gonna Be January 10 was Lee's Birthday. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, the City of San Francisco declared Lee Mallory Day in recognition of his contributions to music, the songwriting community and HepC prevention. I think of him as the patron saint of singer-songwriters, though he saw himself more as a cautionary tale - take care of your body when you're young & you'll last longer. Anyway...

Lee Mallory playing guitar at Glendale Ice House ca 1966

The event is free but if you'd like to make a donation, please do so here:


Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Song - 7pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
USA [map]
Price: Donations to support the artists' livelihood

Alan Monasch is Bazaar's December Artist In Residence and has produced a marvelous series of concert/discussion events. I'm really honored to be sharing the bill with Alan and featured artist Joey Wolpert.

I've been wanting to do a show where I feature the unique voices of several instruments I love and Alan's invitation to perform has given me just the excuse I need to share with you how ukulele, 6-string and 12-string guitars sing to me. I may even feature the high-strung guitar - usually used in studio as a backing instrument.

graphic of chinese calligraphy for

The blessing of song invites us into the sacred act of listening. Please join us to complete the circle.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Little Bee Baking
Bernal Heights Holiday Evening Stroll - 6pm
521 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA [map]
Price: Your generous donations to the artist

I'll be busking outside Little Bee!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Private House Concert
Nina Jo Live In Fresno! - 3:00 pm
RSVP for address
Fresno, CA [map]
Price: $10 - $20 Donation to artist

It's a backyard concert hosted by a wonderful couple I met when they were students at San Francisco State University and now they have a great family too. Come on out, it'll be fun!

And by special request of daughter #1, I'm bringing out the 12-string in addition to the 6-string guitar and ukulele.Nina Jo playing 12-string guitar onstage

RSVP to with RSVP Fresno in the subject line for details.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Proxy Moon, Surface Tension & Nina Jo Smith - 8 pm - 11 pm
1400 E St.
Sacramento, CA
916-551-1400 [map]
Price: $5

Folkabilly me plus soulful Surface Tension and Proxy Moon joined by Ingrid Peters on flaming violin.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Private Guerilla Showcase - 1:30 am
Jim Bruno & Maurice Tani - PGS Rm 511
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Song Circle - 1:00 am
Bohemian Hwy Music PGS Rm 524
Oakland, CA
USA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

So this is Chappell Holt's great PGS room on the Sunday morning that's really Saturday night. Or vice versa. Got that? ;)

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Private Guerilla Showcase - 1:00 am
Heart & Song - Rm 506
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

Yay! Donna Lynn Caskey's marvelous PGS. Hey Kids, this is Friday night, see? It's technically Saturday Morning but we're going to be up all night on Friday so it's really kind of then. Got it? Hope to see you there running amok in the hallways and in the PGS rooms.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Private Guerilla Showcase - 12:30 am
Abby Posner PGS Rm 514
Oakland, CA 94612 [map]
Price: Conference Fee

Hey Kids, so this is Friday night, see? It's technically Saturday Morning but we're going to be up all night on Friday so it's really kind of then. Got it? Hope to see you there running amok in the hallways and in the PGS rooms.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Private Guerilla Showcase - 10:30pm
Woolwine's Awesome Music Room PGS Rm 528
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

Where's Nina Jo playing at Far-West 2014? - flier

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

PGS Rm 528
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

It's Folk Alliance! It's Far-West! 

I'm running amok in the hallways and terrorizing PGS rooms!

Nina Jo singing and playing ukulele

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Private House Concert
Nina Jo Live in Eugene! - 6:30
Eugene, OR [map]

Please RSVP via my "Contact" form for details.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Open Mic - 9 pm
5140 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-3640 [map]

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Private House Concert/Salmon Days - 4 - 7 pm
Click on venue website & RSVP to facebook event
Issaquah, WA
USA [map]
Price: $10 - $20 Donation to artist

Nina Jo playing guitar and singingNot far from Seattle. Gonna be nice.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Garagestock (Open Mic)
12912 432nd Ave SE
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 888-0825 [map]

Potluck at 6 pm for the early birds.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Open Mic - 7 pm
802 Railroad Avenue Southeast
Snoqualmi, WA 98065 [map]

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish is 125 Years Old! - 3:30 pm
1823 SW Spring St.
Portland, OR
503-227-7806 [map]


Song-making for youngfolk. 

Nina Jo playing Gibson Guitar 1969


You can start now...

Nina Jo reaching for Dreamcatcher

and reach for your dreams.

PS, There's Instrument Petting Zoo at this event too! Come and meet my Tenor Ukulele.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Reinhart Hall at Historic Ascension Chapel
Women's Songwriter Night - 7pm
1823 SW Spring St.
Portland, OR
USA [map]
Price: Donations to the artists

Flier for concert

With Avery Hill and

Kelly Brightwell

In The Round

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Singing in the Garden - 7 pm
2904 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-457-5507 [map]
Price: Donations

Coffee Garden, Sacramento, CA

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Northern Califormia Women's Music Festival Presents: An Evening Of Women's Music - 7pm
940 11th St.
Modesto, CA 95354 [map]

Here's what we're fundraising for: and I'm honored to have been asked to serve as one of the judges for the songwriting contest.

Northern California Women's Music Festival Fundraiser

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Open Mic - 6 pm
1126 14th St
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 521-8000 [map]
Price: $1.00

It's my Tour de 99 Open Mics test drive for my Leap Of Faith Tour that starts right here in Modesto on September 12th at the fundraiser for the Northern California Women's Music Festival. Highway 99, that is....

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Angels Camp Mercantile
Open Mic - 6 pm
1267 S Main St.
Angels Camp, CA 95222 [map]

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Nina Jo and the Hoboes - 10 am
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Your wildly appreciative donations

Bring the kids!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Upper Noe Recreation Center
Tots Rock! - 10am
295 Day St. (Day & Sanchez streets)
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415)970-8061 [map]
Price: FREE

Nina Jo and The Hoboes holding our instruments

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Nina Jo's Big Birthday Bash - 7pm
Reserve tickets through website for address
Berkeley, CA
USA [map]
Price: $10 - 20

Nina Jo in Red Jacket Standing By Red Hudson Car

With Ira Marlowe and Kylie Rothfield.

Ira Marlowe Playing Guitar

Kylie Rothfield


Nina Jo wearing Tuxedo Monkey Suit Optional


Ira Marlowe Climbing Pole Monkey Climb Optional

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Songwriters At Play - 6:30 pm
1351 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA
(805) 773-8300 [map]
Price: Tips for featured act (and please buy my CD/Album Downloads)

All ages are welcome and there's no cover charge, but Songwriters At Play presenter Steve Key passes the tip bucket for the featured act, the amazing Luis Oliart.

I go on at 7:30. It would help me so much if you're able keep my music going by buying a CD or album download at this show. People, Places and Sings is my first studio album, recorded in Ojai, CA and featuring Alan Thornhill.

People, Places and Sings CD Cover

This showcase is a co-production with Madeline Royal of Love Live Music. 

To learn more about Songwriters At Play, please visit

Thanks so much for your support - see you in the music!

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Bluejay Blues By Firelight - 8PM
40971 N Shore Dr.
Fawnskin, CA 92333
(909) 382-2790 [map]
Price: See website

I'll be sharing songs by the campfire!

Big Bear Discovery Center

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Nina Jo's Homegrown Folk - 8:30 AM
42900 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
USA [map]
Price: Free

Nina Jo with Dragon Mural by Dennis ShivesBig Bear Farmers Market

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Ukuladies & Gentleman - 6pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Donations to the artists

Join us for Ukuladies and Gentleman, a monthly show of big talent using small instruments. Each month the Host Allison Craig will get some awesome Ukulele playing folks to join her for a show on the second Sunday of the month. 

Nina Jo playing ukulele and singingUkulele Teakettle drawing by Robin Galante

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Taste At The Point Long Beach - 1:00 PM
3955 N Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 420-3393 [map]
Price: $20 Donation

When Lynda DeWitt was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, she asked Breast Cancer Angels for help during her treatment to pay for food and housing. More than a decade later, DeWitt said the organization saved her life.

Returning the favor has become her mission. That’s why DeWitt is organizing the fifth annual Taste at the Point — with a new cardboard castle building contest added this year — on Saturday to benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Angels. 

At Grace First Presbyterian Church, the fundraiser will showcase cuisine from area restaurants and include raffles, silent auctions, live entertainment and a bazaar with craft booths. Proceeds from the event help assist women, men and children impacted by breast cancer who need help paying for the essentials, such as food, clothing, medicine and housing. 

The volunteer-operated Breast Cancer Angels was founded by Faye Dietiker in 2002 and is based in Cypress. Dietiker’s goal was to create an organization that operated entirely on volunteers that would give away 100% of the money raised to in-need women in treatment and their families, said Breast Cancer Angels Marketing Director Caitlin Cutt. 

“All of the money raised here stays here, and 100% of the donations go right to the people who need it,” Cutt said, adding that Taste at the Point organizers hope to raise about $15,000 this year.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 3, at Grace First Presbyterian Church (3955 Studebaker Road). For a donation of $20, visitors will get samples of food from Blackbird Café, Buono’s Authentic Pizza, The Dog House, Gladstone’s Long Beach, Glory Days Grill,Handy’s Smokehouse Delicacies, La Taverna, Long Beach Creamery, M’Dear’s, Mezza Mediterranean Grill, Original Roadhouse Grill and Sweet & Saucy Shop. There also will be vendor booths, a children’s craft area and live music and dance performances.

Taste at the Point also will feature a booth where people can find out more information about Breast Cancer Angels or donate to the cause. For details or to purchase taste tickets in advance, visit

There are numerous performers and I'm honored to play a guest slot and sit in with the Moonshine band.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Simple Pleasures Cafe
Toy Yamaji's Friday Night Showcase - 7pm
3434 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-4022 [map]
Price: Your generous donations to the musicians

Toy Yamaji Playing Guitar at Simple PleasuresToy Yamaji

Nina Jo Nina Jo Smith

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Nonprofit organization
Private Event for Young People - 8:00 am
Mission Street
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Free to Members

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Mumfest Modesto - 1:00 pm
1126 14th St
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 521-8000 [map]

I go on at 1:40 to play a brief set. 

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Lonnie Lazar Songwriter In Residence - 7pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
USA [map]
Price: Donations to the artists

Lonnie Lazar hosts Bazaar's Tuesday night Songwriter In Residence shows this month. He's invited me and I'll bring along whatever Hoboes, derelicts, delinquents and reprobates I can muster to serve the song. 

Nina Jo and the Hoboes


Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Tots Rock - 10am to noon
295 Day St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Uni [map]

Nina Jo and The Hoboes bring their rollicking Farmer's Market act indoors for children and their parents.


Nina Jo at Noe Valley Farmers MarketNina Jo and the Hoboes at Bazaar Cafe Farmers Market Families


Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Penny Nichols, Michael McNevin, Nina Jo Smith - 2pm - 6pm
Private House Concert - Signup for my email list to receive your personal invitation
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA [map]
Price: Suggested Donation $15 - $100 - Benefit Concert for SummerSongs

As part of Nina Jo's Highly Irregular House Concert/Potluck/Jam Series, I'm hosting this event to benefit SummerSongs, a non-profit that produces the best darned songwriter camps in the known universe. 

Expect great music, great people, bring some food and drink to share. Bring your axe to share songs and jam well with others in the song circle after.

Sign up for my email list or email me directly at the address in the photo below to RSVP for location.

The artists:

Penny Nichols, our really and truly fearless leader,

Michael McNevin, Bay Area storytelling songwriter extraordinaire,

Teresa Tudury, who will take you on a wild ride,

and if you're reading this, you already know moi.

Penny, Michael, Teresa, Nina Jo, and Jam Session

Your donation to SummerSongs, Inc. is tax-deductable. If you can't attend but would like to make a donation, you can do that now on the SummerSongs website. Click here to make a donation.

Thank you!

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Nina Jo and The Hoboes - 8:30am
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Donations to the artists

Wake up and smell the produce! Bring the kiddies an encourage them to move to the music!

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

MT's Saturday Night Concerts: David Whitaker, Nina Jo Smith, Jordan VanderBeek - 7:30pm
528 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 400-5689 [map]
Price: Donations to the artists

Three of San Francisco's coolest songwriters, if I do say so myself. Jordan is a delightful young guy, full of life, David and I are a couple of old farts, full of beans. Come on down, it'll be fun.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Private House Concert
Michael McNevin, Jean Marc Enriquez, Nina Jo and the Hoboes - 2 pm
RSVP via contact form on this site
San Francisco, CA 94110
USA [map]
Price: $10 - $20 Donations to Performers

It's our Autumn House Concert, Potluck and Jam featuring Michael McNevin, Jean Marc Enriquez, Nina Jo Smith & David Tyler (One Fret Away Out West)

Doors at 2p, Music 2:30 - 5 and potluck/jam until 7pm.

RSVP via contact form on this website.

Michael McNevin

 Jean Marc Enriquez Playing Guitar Outdoors Nina Jo Smith and David Tyler (One Fret Away)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Gary Paul, Nina Jo Smith, Lorin Hart - 11 pm
Far-West Folk Alliance - in PGS Rm #341
Irvine, CA [map]
Price: Free to Conference Attendees

See you there, or jamming somewhere in the hallways! And please drop by my spot in the Exhibit Hall where you can take a listen to my new CD - it's SO Goood!

Nina Jo Smith at The Hotel Utah by Bridget Canfield

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Nina Jo and the Hoboes at Cole Valley Street Fair - 2pm
San Francisco, CA 94117 [map]
Price: Donations

Nina Jo and the HoboesNina Jo and the Hoboes, aka, "Famous NJ and the Fabulous Hoboes" running amok in the streets. C'mon, now, you don't want to miss this celebration of San Francisco's famously beautiful end of summer/beginning of Fall streetfair.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Songwriter In Residence: Songwriter Secrets - 7PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Songwriter Secrets - Every Tuesday this month we'll feature a songwriter who will share their songs and secret skills. This week is our last hoorah, our parting shot, our grand exit and we've hit the trifecta!

This week, meet Liz Ryder.

Liz Ryder playing guitar Liz was born in Los Angeles, California to parents who were actors and artists, but soon moved to her father's native England to a landscape "rife with folk legacy". She absorbed the medieval folk music her father played and strains of it suffuse her classically-trained music and elegant lyrics. She was a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards (2002). She has earned a M.A. in Music and currently teaches as well as composing and performing. If your ears pick up some Richard Thompson influence in her guitar work, congratulate yourself right now, because she recently opened for him on the main stage of Sidmouth Folk Festival in South West England.

Michael McNevin

Michael McNevin at the Vine, Niles, CA

A veteran of the folk scene, Michael has logged close to 20 years playing concerts across the U.S. He is a past winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, a 6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year" ('91, '92, '97, '98, '05, '09). Michael owns and operates the Mudpuddle Shop in downtown Niles, CA. It's a pocket-sized venue chock full of concerts, workshops, legendary jam sessions and a display of his renowned Etch A Sketch art. 

Tommy P.

Tommy P. performing at the Lost Church 9/14/13

Bringing us tales of Milpitas and beyond, Tommy P. is a songwriter with stories. His unique fingerpicking style provides a complementary voice to his vivid storytelling. Tommy engages audiences with fine writing and a deep commitment to his songs in performance. After releasing his EP, "Nowhere Now", Tommy is producing other emerging artists and playing shows around the San Francisco Bay.


I'm delighted to have this series ended by this crew with strong folk roots, great writing and wonderful humans all.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Songwriter In Residence: Songwriter Secrets - 7PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Songwriter Secrets - Every Tuesday this month we'll feature a songwriter who will share their songs and secret skills. 

Aireene Espiritu with ukulele

This week, Aireene Espiritu, the ever-touring, ever-wonderful soulful singer on ukulele and guitar includes us in her Bay Area dates. Aireene was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old. Influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, Aireene's lyrics celebrate "human beings being human, stories from ghosts and the living" and weave the cultures of the old country and the new country into a third culture she generously invites us into with her songs.

Also: Vesna Sheff 

Vessna drinking out of a cup

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Songwriter In Residence: Songwriter Secrets - 7PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Songwriter Secrets - Every Tuesday this month we'll feature a songwriter who will share their songs and secret skills. 

Monica Pasqual album cover

This week, Monica Pasqual of Blame Sally wraps us up in her warm world of song. Monica's album, "This Cold Desire" is the winner of the 2012 Independent Music Awards Vox Popular in the Concept Album Category. Monica also leads writing workshops and mentors performing songwriters. 

Also: singer-songwriter and artist, Robin Galante Artwork by Robin Galante

Robin's lyrics overflow with whimsical wisdom. She performs with her husband Eric Pedersen, and together they weave a tasty blend of guitar, ukulele, mandolin and delicious vocal harmonies.

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Sing Out for Julie Mayhew's Birthday - 7PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

It's a cast of several celebrating Julie and all she's done for the cause of Suicide Prevention. Come on down!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Songwriter In Residence: Songwriter Secrets - 7PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Songwriter Secrets - Every Tuesday this month we'll feature a songwriter who will share their songs and secret skills.

Join us for the first of the series (gonna be a songwriter party goin' on all month, every Tuesday here at the Bazaar.)


This week: Alan Monasch

Alan Monasch by Iran RamirezAlan Monasch plays piano and guitar and presents songs across genres that seek to explore our human inner space even as they entertain, original blues, ballads and American-songbook-style songs with a touch of jazz. Want to know his secrets? Come and find out.


Mick Schaffer playing slide guitar

 Mick Shaffer

Mick fills his songs with strong characters, humor and a strong rootsy bluesy groove. The SF Examiner has rightly called Mick "a phenomenal bottle-neck blues guitarist"  who's been described as what might have happened "if Johnny Cash had been born as Joe Strummer."  

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Nicole's House Concert Open Mic - TBA
RSVP via website
Price: Donations

Nina Jo Smith at House Concert

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Nina Jo and the Hoboes - 8:30am
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114
San Francisco, CA [map]
Price: Donations

Nina Jo at Noe Valley Farmers MarketNina Jo and the Hoboes

Summertime and the kiddies are dancing. Bring 'em on down!

Two little girls playing puppet castanets Noe Valley Farmers Market Family Audience

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Nina Jo Smith and the Hoboes - 9:30
453 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, California 94110
4155164172 [map]
Price: FREE/over 21 show

Nina Jo Smith at The Lucky HorseshoeIt's The Lucky Horseshoe Open Mic: Performers sign up starting at 7:45; show starts around 8:00 - we go on 9:30 to 10:00. Come on down to the mellowest open mic in town. Nina Jo and the Hoboes

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Private Party
Greater Pacific, Nina Jo and the Hoboes House Concert, Potluck & Acoustic Jam - Noon
San Francisco, CA
USA [map]
Price: RSVP to invite

Doors open to guests at noon. 


Greater Pacific will rock the house from 12:30 to 2:00 ,  followed by

Nina Jo and the Hoboes. 2:30 - 3:30.

And then we jam.


More on Greater Pacific

The pining sound of pedal steel and the signature timbre of Kyle Kersten's voice are the essence of the band's sound. With the additional production of John Phinney, Greater Pacific includes plenty of what could be possible unexpected instrumentation that builds into peaks and subsides into soundscapes. Greater Pacific band

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Nina Jo Smith - 8:30am
3861 24th Street
USA [map]
Price: Donations

It's been awhile, and it's great to be gigging here again. This'll be my first time at NVFM with my new CD!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Martha Brothers
Guerrilla Parklet Take-Over/National Music Day - 12pm
3868 24th Street
USA [map]
Price: Donations

Street music - no more simple direct exchange between performer and listener. You know you want it (and I'll have my new CD and download cards/stickers with me.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The New Wheel
Summer Solstice Stroll - 6pm
420 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, California 94110
Uni [map]
Price: Donations

It's the Annual Bernal Heights Summer Stroll and I'll be out in front of New Wheel busking.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Nina Jo's CD Release Party and Robin Galante's Birthday! - 6pm
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-5620 [map]
Price: Let your generosity decide

At last, the secret is out, now we know when my first studio album, People, Places and Sings will be delivered! It drops on Earth Day, April 22, 2013 and this will my my very first show to celebrate the occasion. I'll be backed by Bob Scott (guitar and vocals) and David Tyler (mandolin and vocals) and other much-loved special guests.

It's also Robin's birthday. Yes! This very day! So it's a musical double-happiness - please come, it's gonna be great!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Singing Out Of Darkness: Ladies that Rock - 5:30 PM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Benefit for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

With Toy Yamaji, Beth Marlin and Melissa Lyn, hosted by Julie Mahew - fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Live Music In The Morning - 10AM
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Your Generous Donations

with David Tyler!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

One Fret Away - 6:00 pm
2151 Salvio St.
Concord, CA 94520, 925-969-9390
4155164172 [map]
Price: Tips

It's the duo - Nina Jo Smith and David Tyler! Guitars, ukelele, mandolin. Yummy tasty tunes for all.

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Thursday Showcase - 10:30
Far-West Folk Alliance - in PGS Rm #341
Irvine, CA [map]
Price: Free to conference attendees

Appearing: Jodi Siegel, Clint McCune, Nina Jo Smith

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

KC Turner Presents Bazaar Stock - 10:00 AM
5927 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 831-5620 [map]
Price: Benefit for Bazaar Foundation For The Arts

Nina Jo will be performing with David Tyler (One Fret Away)

Tip jar will be passed and 100% will be donated to "Bazaar Foundation For The Arts" 
Bazaar Foundation for the Arts, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to supporting local Bay Area artists in the creation and public performance of original works of music, visual and spoken word arts, and to providing spaces for live performance in San Francisco.

Bazaar Foundation for the Arts was founded by Makiko and Les Wisner to serve their community and the many song-writers and young artists they have met over the years at the music and arts events held at their Bazaar Café. Understanding the challenges that many of these artists face in producing and performing their craft, they started this foundation to promote the arts in the San Francisco community.

The opening of Bazaar Café in 1998 was a response to the need for more venues to exhibit and perform new and original works of art and music. The Foundation aims to further this mission by expanding the opportunities available in the Bay Area through a number of programs that offer much needed support to artists at all stages of their careers.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

UN Plaza
Arts - 12:00 pm
Market St. at UN Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94109 [map]
Price: FREE

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

One Fret Away - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3861 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94114, US
San Francisco, CA
Uni [map]
Price: Thank you for tipping generously!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

VisiBiLity - 6 - 9pm
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 282-3325 [map]

FUNdraiser for Bay Area Bisexual Network hosted by Elisa Welch

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Private Guerilla Showcase - 1:30 am
Jim Bruno & Maurice Tani PGS Rm TBA
Oakland, CA [map]
Price: Conference Fee

Saturday night!

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